Kevin Durant is still chasing that No. 1 spot, even if it doesn’t match your definition

Back in 2013, Kevin Durant was a 24-year-old scoring machine who had just finished another All-Star season for a 60-win Thunder team. Oklahoma City entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, looking to avenge a 4-1 series loss in the previous year’s NBA Finals to LeBron James’ Heat crew.

Unfortunately for Durant, an injury to Russell Westbrook in the Thunder’s first-round series derailed any hopes of a finals rematch. Durant carried OKC past the Rockets only to fall in the Western Conference semifinals to the Grizzlies. James captured his second title with the Heat, and Durant came up short yet again.

After the Warriors took a commanding 2-0 series lead with a 132-113 win in Game 2, James once again faced the music inside the Cavs locker room. (ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports James had been frustrated after being forced to wait for his turn at the podium, so he passed this time.) It would be misleading to say James was surly or unpleasant with media, but he didn’t have much patience for silly questions.

One reporter asked, LeBron, do you just feel this is a case where you just have to defend home court at this point?

Yes, that was the whole thing, and it resulted in a beautiful exchange, which you can watch by moving to the 34-second mark in the video below. James took a page out of Gregg Popovich’s book by making the reporter wish he had never opened his mouth.

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Cam Newton: Super Bowl ring is only thing missing from my life

Cam Newton recently became a father to his second child and has been the face of the Panthers for more than six years.

With life going swimmingly for the quarterback, Newton told high school players at his fifth annual 7-on-7 football tournament that there is only one thing missing.

I am writing to request Mr. Floyd not have his court mandated requirements negatively impacted since he did not know the kombucha he ingested contained alcohol, Warren wrote in the June 21 letter, which was also to Vikings president Mark Wilf, general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer.

Floyd had reportedly tested positive for alcohol at least three times earlier this month while on house arrest. After initially denying the report as totally false, he released a statement through ESPN’s Adam Schefter stating he was unaware that the drinks contain alcohol after being encouraged by the team to consume them.

Floyd could face jail time if an Arizona court finds he violated the terms of his punishment for a December 2016 arrest on driving under the influence charges. He was sentenced in February to 24 days in jail followed by 96 days under house arrest but successfully petitioned the court last month to transfer his house arrest from Arizona to Minnesota so he could join his new team in offseason activities.

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NBA free agency 2017: Clippers’ Chris Paul reportedly opts out of contract

The hits keep coming for the Clippers; now two of their top players reportedly are about to become unrestricted free agents.

First it was reported that Blake Griffin decided not to exercise his player option for next season; then came word that Chris Paul had done the same. Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported Paul’s decision Friday evening.

Paul, 32, has a player option worth more than $24 million for the 2017-18 season, according to Hoops Hype.

He averaged 18.1 points, 9.2 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game last season for the Clippers, who were the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference before losing to the Jazz in the first round of the playoffs.

The Jazz joined the list of possible suitors for Timberwovles point guard Ricky Rubuio on Tuesday.

Follow-up to yesterday’s Ricky Rubio story: League sources say Utah is among the teams to express trade interest in the veteran point guard.

ESPN’s Marc Stein reported that Utah have expressed interest Rubio and that Minnesota is still trying to trade the veteran guard to acquire more shooting.

“I noticed then, and had noticed earlier, that wherever the Cowboys played, you saw people in the stands with Cowboys jerseys and hats and pennants,” Ryan said. “Plus, they were always the national game on television.”

Under legendary coach Tom Landry, the Cowboys had 20 consecutive Cheap Ice Hockey Jerseys winning seasons, from 1966 through 1985. Over that span, Dallas Cheap Ireland Rugby Jerseys went to five Super Bowls, winning two.

But Dallas hasn’t gotten past the divisional round since 1995, the last year the Cowboys won a Super Bowl. As Dallas descended into mediocrity, it’s only natural that casual fans’ feelings toward the team became lukewarm.

2014 NFL draft was one of the best ever, unless you’re the Browns

Conventional wisdom in the NFL says that you need at least three years to properly judge a draft class. Sure, giving out grades right after the fact is always fun. But there’s a lot to be said for waiting to see the players actually take the field before we can truly see if they pan out or not.

The Rams admitted their mistake this offseason, signing Andrew Whitworth to play left tackle. Robinson will have one last chance to save his career at guard or right tackle next year.

Nick Coomes is forced to perform nearly a full split to get the last out of the inning at first. Definitely not a good defensive outing from LSU, but it only results in one run. Florida can credit its 2-0 lead to LSU’s three errors.

ANOTHER error from LSU, this time from third baseman Josh Smith. Dalton Guthrie reaches, and Florida has runners on first and second. Florida up 2-0,

Gators capitalize on another mistake from LSU. Deacon Liput singles to center, scoring Nick Horvath from second.

Why he’s here: The All-Star Game might be in Miami, but this exhibition will be a celebration of the young stars for the AL’s best team, the Astros. Springer is the fifth guy we’ve mentioned here, and second baseman Jose Altuve (27) and closer Ken Giles (26) could make the squad, too. Worth noting that Springer has those 22 homers with all 70 of his starts as Houston’s leadoff hitter.

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